I feed my little dog homemade dog food every day. I cook a big batch every Sunday morning, enough to last all week.
By making my dog food at home, I'm able to choose everything that goes into his food. This can be important, especially if your dog has specific allergies or you want to feed them only the best.
The quality of the food is always better than most grocery store brands, and because you can buy ingredients in bulk, you could end up saving a little money.
It wasn't that long ago when dog owners were shocked to learn that dog food and treats imported mostly from China were causing dogs to suffer and die. Toxins in the food were poisoning our pets.
You won’t have to worry about any manufacturer recalls because you’re the one preparing your dog’s meals. It's easy to make a large batch and freeze single portions. This save's you a whole lot of time and effort later on.
I look at it this way. Taking a bit of time to prepare homemade food for your dog isn’t harder than if you were to make a meal for yourself or your family. If you'll spend just a little time to take care of your dog’s diet, your pet will benefit a great deal.
While there are tons of different dog foods on the market today, the best way to be sure exactly what they are eating is to make the food yourself.
To maximize health, there are strict guidelines about how to feed both raw and cooked food to your dog. Follow these and your pet will enjoy vitality throughout their whole life.
Feed more than 50% raw or cooked meat. Dogs are primarily carnivorous and maintain greater health when a large portion of their regular diet is made up of meat. This can be raw from a quality source or cooked without the addition of oils, sauces or spices. Fat content should be watched for overweight or sedentary dogs. However, feeding only lean, white meat can result in nutrient deficiencies. A good balance of meat types is ideal.
Many dogs are lactose intolerant. They don’t possess the necessary enzymes to successfully break down the lactose (sugar) in many dairy products. Milk, ice cream, and most dairy products are high in lactose.
Some dogs can digest dairy with no problems, others will develop diarrhea, stomach cramps, painful gas, or nausea.
Many types of dairy are tolerated and provide important vitamins. Avoid full fat cheeses and instead, opt for lower fat dairy products like ricotta and cottage cheese, unflavored yogurt, and kefir. Goat’s milk cheeses can be substituted as well and may help if there is a dairy allergy.
Certain cheeses are very low in lactose content. Cheddar, Swiss, and American cheese are a few.
Hello, my name is Angela Miller. Several years ago, I rescued a little seven-year-old Bichon Frise. I started looking into dog nutrition so I could keep my little love bug for as long as I possibly could. I love my dog too much to feed him unhealthy food. I hope some of the things I've learned along the way will help you and your dog.